SPANKY: I know you like to go back over movies you saw at a certain time in your life, but most seem labored, dated.
JOHN: Not this one. It parallels a confusion about Vietnam we still suffer from. When I first saw the movie I wanted it to stick closer to Heart of Darkness which I had read. To see Brando at the end. Be moved by his words.
SPARKY: But now we see many more references to Kurtz throughout the film. The visuals are spectacular and at the end we do need someone of Brando’s stature.
JOHN: The fact that he doesn’t make any sense seems even more appropriate now than it did then.
SPARKY: We were looking for easy answers then.
JOHN: This is a masterpiece that goes beyond its time. The message: There is more to “the horror” than war. “The horror” is humanity.
SPARKY: Not something entertaining, but a film so important you have to watch it again. And again.